Here we share our knowledge about Vodka. We tell you about the history of the spirit, some fun facts and of course which cocktails you should make with it.
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Bottles we recommend in flavored Cocktails:
Sobieski, Stolichnaya, Absolut, Ketel One etc.
Bottles we recommend having neat or in a Martini:
Sobieski Estate, Absolut Elyx, Stolichnaya Elit
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Everything you wanted to know about the Vodka
When was it invented?
In the spirit history, there are many different stories. The first official distillery Vyatka Chronicle opened in Russia in 1174. Poland of course disagrees and believe they invented the spirit even earlier.
Where is it from?
Russia and Poland are known as the vodka countries. Many of the bigger brands are produced here. However other countries such as Estonia, Ukraine etc. also produce.
What is the base ingredient?
Vodka is known for having no taste and therefore it's used in many cocktails for a stronger taste of booze. White Russians etc. However, it's based on fermented cereal grains or potatoes. In our view, there is a difference in Vodka and some a definitely more smooth than others. However, you can't look at the price of Vodka. The most expensive bottle will not guarantee good quality. Most people who don't drink Vodka often would have a hard time tasting the difference in Grey Goose and Sobieski etc. Honestly spoken we would not use our budget on a crazy expensive Vodka. We would buy an affordable good tasting bottle such as Sobieski or Absolut etc. Especially if you are mixing flavoured cocktails with it. If you prefer it neat or in a Martini then we recommend you upgrade to a Sobieski Estate or an Absolute Elyx. They are distilled more times and are definitely smoother.
Which Cocktails are made with this spirit?
Vodka Martini is one of the classics which you have to mention. Many people don't like it cause of the heavy taste of alcohol and the bitterness from the vermouth. However, we tend to believe it's because you haven't tasted it with the right choice of the spirit and mixed from a Professional Bartender. Other cocktails worth mentioning are of course: Cosmopolitan, Moscow Mule, White Russian, Espresso Martini.
How to use it in Cocktails?
It's all about the quality of your spirit. If it's a great smooth tasting Vodka then don't destroy it by adding Cranberry Juice. We recommend a quality booze should be enjoyed neat or in a cocktail, where you can taste the great flavours from the spirits (Martini etc.). Or a twist on old-fashioned perhaps. If your budget is limited and you have bought a standard Vodka then enjoy it in a Cosmopolitan or a Moscow Mule etc. We believe Vodka is the best spirit for giving your drink a stronger taste of pure Alcohol without adding a lot of other flavours.
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Poland is as mentioned disagreeing with Russia about who invented the spirit. We do know that the first vodka's produced in Poland was named "gorzalka" and used as medicine. Which is how many spirits was used in the early beginning.
Vodka is known for being the "water of life" because people believed it had plenty health benefits in the first many years. 'Voda' is water in Russian and 'Woda' is water in Polish. Both words used at the beginning of the history of the spirit.
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